Techfugees took its first steps in North America in Toronto in October 2019. Canada is one of the world's leading immigration countries. 28 100 refugees have been resettled in Canada according to the UNHCR in 2018 and 18 000 refugees accessed Canadian citizenship.
Techfugees Canada is focussing mainly on how technology can foster access to affordable housing to newcomers in Toronto. Read more about their work and the events they’ve organized here.
Techfugees Toronto is launching The Housing Network Pilot Project this summer in collaboration with the Toronto-based refugee settlement organization, Romero House. Through this project,
How can we mobilize tech to strengthen those in need? Civic Tech MTL is excited to invite you to “Empowering Refugees and Newcomers with Tech”, a four-part event series in collaboration with Welcome Collective, The Refugee Centre, and Techfugees Toronto.
A conversation on current barriers that refugees during their GTA housing journey & an exploration of how tech could make
Our volunteer team is publishing regular reports on tech and forced migration. You can find all their reports on our Data Hub, to understand challenges faced by newcomers in Canada.
Olivia is a design researcher and strategist who is currently working on a digital incubation team within financial services. This means Olivia spends a lot of her time talking to people about their human and digital relationships and thinking and conceptualizing what our future will and should look like. Alongside design and research, Olivia is also very passionate about helping newcomers along their path to resettlement in Canada and has worked at Canadian Council for Refugees as a youth ambassador and volunteered for other community settlement initiatives in Quebec.
Khujista is a social policy researcher, born in Bangladesh, but raised in India and Thailand. Since obtaining an MA in Human Rights and Democratization, with a focus on migration in the Asia-Pacific region, she has worked to examine labour migration policies and migrant worker’s rights at the International Organization for Migration in Thailand. While in Canada, she completed a BA in Human Rights from Carleton University, Canada. She is currently a research assistant at the Conflict and Resilience Research Institute Canada and has worked mostly in research-based roles focusing on the fourth industrial revolution, indigenous populations, employment, and labour standards. With a background in global migration, human rights, and research, Khujista is thrilled to contribute her skills at Techfugees Canada as a design researcher!
Hiba Omar is a PMP designated Digital Project Manager, artist and language-lover based in the Greater Toronto Area. Her professional work focusses on digital project management, software implementation, communications and marketing. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces in Canada, empowering women in the tech industry, and supporting local entrepreneurs. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, double majoring in Experimental Linguistics & Sociology, with a research background in bilingualism and trilingualism in second generation immigrants in the GTA.
Mounir is a social entrepreneur and advisor in the field of community development. His multicultural background, as well as his organizational network in different countries, have helped him build several refugee settlement programs in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq prior to his arrival to Canada under the Syrian refugee sponsorship program. He currently works with ACSA – Newcomers’ Centre as a Program Specialist, where he focuses on building entrepreneurship, employment, skills building, and mentorship programs for refugees and newcomers. With an educational background in computer science, global development studies, and innovation and entrepreneurship management, he is excited to help launch Toronto’s Techfugees chapter!
Cansu is a researcher and consultant who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in information science at University of Toronto. With a background in political science and digital media, she leverages her expertise and prior experience to develop tools to improve the lives of underrepresented and non-dominant groups, including refugee and asylum-seeking communities. Her current work looks at the use of information and digital technologies in humanitarian and refugee settlement contexts in Canada, Turkey, the MENA, and East Africa. Cansu is UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab (IPL) expert in ICTs, design, and social policy. You can find more information about her work at https://cansued.github.io